Using a recently designed microfluidic setup, a team including Jean-Baptiste Fleury from our CRC (B4) and Nobel laureate James Rothman investigated the early stage of SNAREpin-induced fusion. They discovered the existence of subsecond transient fusion pores with a well-defined subnanometer size that occur when one or two SNAREpins are mediating vesicle fusion. In contrast, when vesicle fusion is mediated by three SNAREpins, the fusion pore reaches a diameter larger than 1.5 nm and expands spontaneously and indefinitely. These results quantitatively explain the need for a complex machinery to ensure a submillisecond neurotransmitter release after the arrival of the action potential during synaptic transmission. These results have now been published in the renowned journal PNAS.

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Date of new: 
Monday, 1. February 2021













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